I am looking for a phrase/saying/quote in German that has a special meaning to a relative who is terminally ill. I don't have much to go on, here is what I know:
- My relative thinks he (most probably) read it in a story that was featured in the hunting magazine "Wild und Hund", no earlier than 2013
- The story was about two friends (hunters) who lost sight of each other over time.
- In the story, one of the friends finds out the other has died. In this context, the trauerspruch is uttered.
The saying was (in the best German my relative can remember, spelling and grammatical errors mine):
Wen jemand uber einige jahren von mir redet, bitte antworten sie, mit einem kleiner lächeln, ja, ich habe ihm auch gekennt.
Which should translate to something along the lines of:
When in later years someone speaks of me, please answer with a (little) smile: Yes, I also knew him.
My questions, in order of importance:
- What would be the grammatically correct way of writing the phrase?
- Is this a known German saying or quote and if so, where can I find more information about it (I tried google of course, but maybe my phrasing was off)
- Does anyone recognize the story it supposedly came from? We already read every issue of Wild and Hund we could get our hands on (most of them, since 2013) and asked their editorial office, but to no avail.
Please feel free to use as much German as you like in your answer, I'll understand fine. (I'ts the speaking and writing where I struggle)